Designing with Modern Styles on a Budget
If you're one of the many people who desire the clean, attractive and open qualities of the modern, more contemporary way of design in your home, you may be surprised to know that it won't actually cost the earth. Indeed, people often feel priced out of this style of home décor because accessories, furniture and fittings can seem expensive. With these tips, you'll never feel like it's impossible to achieve what you want - you just have to think cleverly.
While this is a pretty obvious point to make about the modern design style, the use of block colours - particularly whites and creams - is one of the most impactful things you can do to hammer home the contemporary look. These promote cleanliness and let light enter the room to a greater degree. They also create the illusion of more space, something incredibly important when achieving a more minimalist look. All it takes is a few buckets of paint.
Curtains simply don't work as part of the modern design style. As traps for dust and grime, they don't fit well with the sharp lines that match more contemporary homes. Instead, consider blinds. Smaller windows in bathrooms and kitchens will benefit from compact roller blinds, but larger windows, especially those from ceiling to floor, will be perfected with vertical blinds. Direct Blinds do great deals for vertical blinds, so you'll save a fortune on something that could otherwise cost the earth.
There are two options here that could prove to be cheap and cheerful in your modern-styled home. You could get laminate flooring - an inexpensive and hard-working surface that oozes class, should you buy at the higher end, or simply tear up whatever's covering your floorboards and treat the wood underneath. Using darker wood colours, the illusion of space is further accentuated. It is also easier to treat, fix and clean in the long term when compared to carpets.
While you may not be able to afford a whole new kitchen, bathroom or dining room, you can certainly make a few minor changes to help your home look that little bit more contemporary. This includes changing doorknobs and handles, taps on the sink, or getting more brushed metal or black kitchen appliances - white is very much out of fashion these days, and the likes of microwaves are now remarkably cheap to buy new.
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